Let's start with an update to a story PN's Sarah Kominek wrote for our special report on social media. In May, she spoke with Nick Hardman, a United Kingdom-based 3D printing hobbyist who makes specialty stuffed animals for kids with medical issues, he said he was hoping to raise money and awareness to keep his 3D Toy Shop up and running.
Now he has more of both with the U.K.-based pop star Lewis Capaldi featuring Nick and the toy shop in his newest video.
The video for Haven't You Ever Been in Love Before, labeled as "Nick's Story," shows Hardman at his home producing 3D replicas of medical devices such as feeding tubes, hearing aids and prosthetics. It also features the volunteers who stitch the items onto bears and stuffed toys.
The 3D Toy Shop makes each animal as a unique toy for each child, who then has a "friend" with the same medical issues as they have.
But obviously, as Hardman told Sarah, that takes money. He'd already gone through more than $12,000 (10,000 U.K. pounds) of his own money to finance the work.
Since Capaldi's new video landed on YouTube and social media in late May — where it has had about 500,000 views — Hardman's GoFundMe has surpassed its goal of 10,000 pounds and is approaching 30,000 pounds ($37,000).